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The 10 best parks for a picnic

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The 10 best parks for a picnic

The 18th June marks international picnic day and who doesn't love a picnic?  Sunny days, good food, a glass of wine and being with friends. So bring your blanket and head to one of these parks to get your picnic started - just don't forget to clean up after yourself!

Central Park, New York City, USA

It's a massive park with plenty of choice of where to settle yourself.  Try 'Sheep Meadow' for a quiet break or 'Great Hill' in the north of the park where you can use actual picnic tables and have access to lavatories.

Connemara National Park, Galway, Ireland

The wild west of Ireland is the perfect backdrop for your picnic.  After a day hiking, finish off with some sandwiches and a lovely cup of tea at Diamond Hill.

Rymill Park, Adelaide, Australia

Perhaps to inject some romance into a relationship, you can hire a boat and serenade your love with a little trip around the lake here.  For the non-romantics and groups of friends, have yourself a lovely barbecue instead.  Yes, they are allowed here.

Botanical Gardens, Singapore

A really beautiful tranquil space to take the weight off your feet and have lunch.  You'll be surrounded by what seems like a tropical rainforest and if you are lucky you may get to experience one of the outdoor concerts that happen frequently here.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

While out watching for game, you could be having a little picnic in your car.  But there are also particular picnic sites you can take advantage of.  There are a couple north of Lower Sabie where you can get out and stretch your legs and swap animal-sighting stories with other park visitors.

Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome, Italy

With artwork and sculptures nearby in the gallery and a little lake to perch nearby, this is the perfect spot for a stop in Rome.  Bring your olives, salami, mozarella and Italian bread for an unforgettable picnic in the Eternal city.

Parque tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires

The city's zoo is based here so after visiting the animals take a wander around the rest of the park to find your perfect spot.  There is a lovely Japanese garden which will provide a quirky setting or you may like the Poets' Garden for a literary flavour.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

There is so much to do around Cape Town but one of the things you should have on your itinerary is a visit here.  There are strict rules around picnics but it'll be worth it especially if you choose a day when the gardens hosts some outdoor music performances.

Wanaka Station Park, Wanaka, New Zealand

A quieter option on the south island.  You'll be surrounded by nature with tall trees and colourful gardens.  There's also a lake you could sit by and have a mini-swim in before you tuck in to your food.

Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada

Some use it for hiking, some for roller-blading, some for a morning run.  But Stanley Park is also a draw for picnic-lovers.  It overlooks the city and an ocean - views you just cannot beat.  


Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.


Thanks to Michell Zappa , Mustafa Sayed, Vincent Anderlucci , Chris Eason, and Johan Larsson for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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